Outdoor Ministry

Where the Creator and creation pray, play, and wonder together

We don’t know what Covid-19 has in store for us in 2021, but we are planning some new in-person activities, keeping our fingers crossed that we won’t have to cancel. In the wilds of the unknowns, we continue to plan and prepare. We will work with creation, not against it.

Creation Justice Series

This series will include four Zoom events with various speakers who will present different environmental topics for individuals, families, and congregations. Together we will consider our sacred connections to the lands, waters, and air and how to respond to the global environmental crisis.

All events are free and open to all.

Coming Up

What is Permaculture?
March 11, 7:00-8:30 pm
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Heidi Morlock and Hans Peterson will relate stories of experimenting for 20 years with permaculture principles and sustainable agriculture at both the garden and farm scale. Get ideas to support a transition to a more just food and farming system. The workshop will cover theory related to sustainable farming/gardening as well as practical examples to consider in your own garden design or advocacy work. Learn more

Planetary Health- Co-Creating a Better Future for All
April 22, 7:00-8:30 pm
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What do COVID-19, structural racism, and the devastating wildfires in the western United States have in common? They are all symptoms of a planet in multi-system failure. In this presentation with Teddie M. Potter, PhD, RN, FAAN, you will learn about the human health consequences of the human caused disruptions of Earth’s natural systems. You will also learn that it is not too late for all of us to work together to co-create a healthier future. Learn more

Previous Creation Justice Events

How Then Shall We Live? Putting Faith Values into Earth Practice
February 18, 7:00- 8:30 pm

Christian faith like other religions calls us to live in harmony with the planet and peace with one another. But how exactly do we do that in our daily lives in the society in which we live? How do we choose our next steps amid the myriad of “green” options? What makes the most impact? What practice can we sustain? What deepens our growth and relationships? Whether you have been responding to the climate crisis for years or are just beginning, this session will help you take the next step. Learn more

The Green Awakening: Churches and Environmental Justice Today
January 14, 7:00-8:30 pm

In the 1730s and 40s, Christian revivalism caught hold as the First Great Awakening swept through the colonies and ultimately formed part of our UCC heritage. The next Great Awakening will be a Green Awakening, and the UCC can play a significant role in leading it. In this Zoom Gathering, the Rev. Brooks Berndt will outline how caring for God’s creation is central to our DNA as Christians, how the UCC has led the way in the past with the launch of the environmental justice movement to address environmental racism, and how there are a plethora of resources available to assist congregations in fulfilling their calling as caretakers of creation and champions of justice. Learn more

Other Events in 2021

  • Fall Conference Youth Event, October 8-10 at Osprey Wilds Environmental Learning Center
  • Middle School Retreat, July 12-14, Shalom Hill Farm
  • High School Retreat, July 17-19, Shalom Hill Farm
  • Families Canoe Adventures, three one-day events (dates TBA)
  • Women’s Retreats, Wilderness Retreat, September 24-26, plus  another TBA
  • Men’s Retreat, September 24-26, Osprey Wilds Environmental Learning Center
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